Jun 28, 2012 Political
Time has passed since the SCOTUS ruling this morning and I have had a chance to review the opinion of the Court. I still contend that John Roberts participated in judicial activism by calling the penalty a tax when the law, Congress and Barack Obama himself said it was not a tax. It is not up to members of any court to rewrite what a legislative body has written. I am not so sure my earlier claim that Roberts betrayed America is accurate. It feels like a betrayal because he is supposed to uphold the Constitution, not write law but how it feels and what it is are two different things.
But, and this is a big but, he did rule that the Commerce Clause could NOT be used to enact Obamacare (now Obamatax). This is an important thing because it is now settled law that the government cannot compel people to buy things with a Commerce Clause argument.
All along the penalty was seen as a tax by Republicans. Democrats knew it was a tax but could not call it a tax because that would have spelled doom. Obama promised not to tax the middle class and he is on record as saying that people should not get health care by taxing the middle class. So, they had to call it a penalty.
John Roberts, as Chief Justice, was in a precarious position. Liberals were bemoaning the defeat of Obamacare and were all ready with their attacks on the conservative part of the Court. You will notice they never call the four solidly Democrat votes activist, only the conservative votes. in any event, he needed to do something that would uphold conservative principles, reign in government but also give the appearance that the Court is not activist.
Roberts achieved this by declaring that the mandate could not be enacted under the Commerce Clause. That was simple enough and it is sufficient to take the teeth out of future attempts to use Commerce for government expansion.
Roberts, once he asserted that Commerce could not be used to force the mandate acknowledged that Congress had the authority to tax people. He therefore called the penalty a tax which is what it was all along and is what Republicans said from the start.
While I think this amounts to judicial activism I think it was activism that appeared to give the left what it wanted and at the same time smacked them in the head.
Roberts declared that the penalty is a tax. This ruling now means that Obama has enacted the largest tax increase in the history of the world and he did so primarily on the middle class. Roberts gave Obama the outcome he wanted and at the same time demonstrated that Obama is a liar because making this a tax negates the vehement protest Obama made that it was NOT a tax. It also negates his statements that he did not believe everyone should get health care by levying a tax on the middle class.
The ruling also takes away the perception that the Court is political. If Roberts accomplished this while putting the screws to Obama then he is smarter than I originally believed.
He also energized the majority of people in this nation who do not want Obamacare and he gave Mitt Romney a huge gift at the same time. Obama cannot campaign on an activist Court striking down Obamacare but Romney can campaign on Obama being a tax and spend liberal who has given us the biggest tax increase in history. It would appear as if the ruling had a good effect on Romney as his campaign claims to have received about a million dollars in donations just three or four hours post ruling.
I still believe Roberts engaged in judicial activism but I am not as convinced he betrayed the Country. My initial reaction was based on the reports that the mandate was upheld. My belief was that the Commerce Clause argument was allowed to stand and that we could all be forced to buy things under this scheme.
Since this is not how it played out my assessment was hasty and incorrect. I offer an apology to Roberts for my assertion that he betrayed the country.
Like I said, he engaged in judicial activism (which the left is fine with because it went their way) and I am never in favor of that. I believe all branches of government should stay in their own lanes and things will work better.
Time will tell how this plays out and I am interested in seeing how the polls taken after the ruling trend. I think that while liberals celebrate the “victory” they achieved today they are worried because they are aware of what the ruling means for November.
To be sure, Obama (an alleged Constitutional Law Professor) had his mandate ruled unconstitutional. The law was only upheld when the Court changed his penalty to a tax and removed Commerce from the equation. So Obama, in winning, got it wrong. This is not something one would expect from someone who claims to know the Constitution.
I think this ruling might end up being a genius move and might end up costing Democrats. Many lost their seats in 2010 because of Obamacare. That was the only issue on the table and they lost.
Now, millions of seniors and many others who regularly vote as well as those who are opposed to the law and will certainly vote, are energized and will get out to defeat Obama.
The SCOTUS issued its ruling today.
We issue ours in November.
I am praying that we take a lot of seats in the Senate, gain more seats in the House and send Obama back to the street corner where he belongs.
UPDATE: One last note. I read something that is intriguing. Since the Court has ruled this is a tax the Senate only needs 51 votes to overturn it. If Romney wins the presidency and we maintain the House we would only need 51 Senate seats to overturn Obamacare. It could not be blocked by needing 60 votes because it is a tax. I think Roberts might have done us a favor but the rest is up to us. We need to win big.
Never surrender, never submit.
Mar 6, 2012 Political
Sandra Fluke, the 30 year old activist masquerading as a student, was labeled a slut by Rush Limbaugh. She claimed (even said “as you know”) that birth control costs $3000 for three years and that women in school could not afford it. I have already done the math and she would have to have sex 28 times a day to use that much money worth of condoms and she could buy pills for 28 years with that much money, so she lied. I would say she was misinformed but she is an activist. If she told people what it really cost then they would laugh her out of the place. She needed to make it a great number to excuse the violation of the First Amendment.
Limbaugh simply pointed out that we have names for women who want to be paid for sex or who would have sex as many times as required to use $3000 in birth control (in three years).
The left has come unhinged and is calling for Limbaugh’s sponsors to pull their ads. Some of them have and the left is pushing for the rest of them to do so. The reason has nothing to do with the so called war on women. The left couldn’t care less about Fluke. The real issue is the desire to get Limbaugh off the air. The left has been working to drive him off the air for years and now it is all ginned up over a phony issue.
Phony? How dare you Big Dog? Well, it is phony. The left has plenty of figures who call women all kinds of names. They are called c*nts, bitches, sluts, bimbos, and who knows what else? Bill Maher, David Letterman, and Ed Schultz have all used such language toward women and have suffered no ill effects. At least one of Limbaugh’s sponsors (Carbonite) still runs ads on Schultz’s show. Of course, the guy running it is a supporter of the left. He donates to liberals and to organizations run by George Soros, the same Soros who wants Limbaugh off the air.
Have you heard about any boycotts? Have you heard anyone call for companies to remove ads from these shows? Have you heard the left get its collective pink panties in a bunch about any of this?
No and you won’t because the women who were attacked are conservatives. Like I said, they don’t care about women, just ideology.
Laura Ingram even tells us that while the gaggle at The View is apoplectic over the words Limbaugh used Barbara Walters laughed off the same word used against Ingram. Ha, ha. It would seem Schultz’s apology, which was accepted by Ingram, was good enough for the hens at The View but Limbaugh (who apologized) is not sincere and needs to go.
This is a war on conservative talk. Limbaugh is the big target and the left is employing Saul Alinsky’s tactics from Rules for Radicals in order to get him.
Perhaps it will work, perhaps not. But so far Limbaugh seems to be doing OK.
And Carbonite’s stock is down 8% as of this writing.
Further more, we should be focused on Obama’s record and the needs of the country.
Never surrender, never submit.
Nov 9, 2010 Political
Barry Obama likes to apologize for everything American. He went around the world on an apology tour and he continually talks this country down. He just does not believe in American exceptionalism. Many can’t help but wonder why Barry apologizes so much for America (but not for his own shortcomings). What is it about him that causes him to apologize?
It looks like we now have the answer. It is ingrained in his little Socialist mind to apologize because his wife has programmed him to do so.
Earlier in the day she [Michelle Obama] pumped her fists to female power and told inquisitive schoolgirls that her husband apologised [sic] first when the couple argued. Daily Mail UK
Barry always apologizes first when he and Michelle argue. He can’t help himself. Michelle touted female power and then said Barry apologizes first. Barry bows to power which explains his actions upon meeting world leaders.
His Socialist upbringing and twisted view of America and manhood do not allow him to take a stand. He simply must apologize.
It also looks like Barry is kitty whipped in his marriage.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jun 16, 2009 Political
I remember when Don Imus made an off the cuff remark about a woman’s basketball team. The outcry of racism was loud and the race baiters called for his head. He apologized day in and day out and he met with the team to apologize. He groveled on Sharpton’s radio program and he still ended up being fired.
At the time I wrote that Imus had made a mistake and he apologized and that the apology should be accepted. I indicated that he should not lose his job because he showed true remorse for what was a distasteful joke. His apology, while possibly accepted, did no good and he was fired.
David Letterman made some seriously distasteful jokes (that were well scripted) that called Sarah Palin’s daughter a hooker and made sport of the idea of her being raped. Letterman handled the flap over it very badly and the voices calling for him to be fired are getting louder.
Yesterday Letterman made what appeared to be a heartfelt apology. I only read the transcript but it seems that this time there was no sarcasm or half hearted apology. Though it was filled with excuses it seems that he got the message.
If the Palin family is satisfied that Letterman is sincere and that he gave an adequate apology then the matter should be over and he should not be fired. As much as I think it would be fair after what happened to Imus, I would be a hypocrite if I expected him to be fired after apologizing when I did not hold Imus to that standard.
If Letterman is sincere and the Palin’s are content then let’s move on.
Sarah Palin could go on Conan’s show and boost is ratings way above Letterman’s but there are ways for us to voice displeasure with his content as well and the best way would be to stop watching his show.
Aug 31, 2008 Political
Don Fowler, the Democrats caught on video laughing and showing his glee that a hurricane would hit New Orleans just as Republicans were starting their convention, has apologized. Well, sort of. Fowler apologized if he offended anyone, not for being wrong and insensitive on this issue. He then went on to attack the “right wing nutcase” who recorded him:
“If this offended anybody, I personally apologize,” Fowler told ABC News. “It was a mistake, and it was a satirical statement made in jest. And one that I clearly don’t believe.”
“One doesn’t anticipate that one’s private conversation will be surreptitiously taped by some right-wing nutcase,” said Fowler. “But that’s the nature of what we’re dealing with.” Political Radar
He is sorry if anyone was offended and it was just satire and a statement made in jest. What he really means is that he is sorry his true feelings were exposed.
The other thing he did was attack the person who exposed him. He said that one does not expect a private conversation to be recorded. Mr. Fowler, if you are on a plane or anywhere else in public, your conversations are not private. If your conversation can be heard by others it is not private. The person who heard you had every right to record what was going on. If it had not been recorded you would have denied it.
Your true feelings were exposed and Michael Moore demonstrated that your comment was not an isolated thought. Many Democrats are keeping their mouths shut but inside they are very happy that this is going on.
I wonder how this will play out should the evacuations go well and should there be minimal loss of life. What will happen if it all goes real well? The image in people’s minds will not be Katrina and the problems there but in Gustav and how well things went. The freshest image will be one of success. Will the Democrats be as happy if the American people equate success with a Republican Governor and failure with the Democrat who was in power when Katrina hit? What will the Dems do then?
If I were McCain I would start my speech by thanking people and saying that this shows what can happen when a competent Republican Governor coordinates with the federal government early on and requests assistance well in advance of the problem. Put the onus for Katrina on the Dems.
Then we would see crying instead of laughing. As it stands, Fowler and the others are happy no matter how they “apologize.”